5 Philly Priests Will Appear Before a Judge in Criminal Court Today

The five Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests who’ve been indicted on criminal charges relating to the sexual abuse of minors will appear in a Philadelphia courtroom today.
In related news, survivor advocates believe that since the most recent Grand Jury report indicated that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had committed fraud in dealing with abuse victims, survivors may be able to seek justice in a civil court. The Grand Jury report concluded that the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Office was little more than a way for the church’s lawyers to gain valuable information to defend themselves against priest abuse suits. If that’s proven, survivors very well may have an opportunity to face the predators and church officials who covered for them in a court of law.